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MiSoC Workshop on Subjective Expectations

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers using subjective expectations in their work and to foster and stimulate the exchange of ideas. The workshop is the sixth in a series of workshops on Subjective Expectations. Previous workshops have been held at Université Laval in Québec city (2009 and 2011), the University of Essex (2014), New York Federal Reserve Bank (2016), and CESifo in Munich (2018).

Measuring economic insecurity: Why and How?

Talks exploring the current challenges of income insecurity, with keynote speaker Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, organised by the Oxford Martin School, Department of Social Policy and Intervention & Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford.

Measuring economic insecurity: Why and How?

Professor Matteo Richiardi among the speakers at Oxford event, ‘Income insecurity in the 21st century’ with Bank of England Chief Economist, Andy Haldane

Getting under the skin: Genes, environment and our health

Our Essex in London series is back, and we’re bringing two of Essex’s top academics to the capital to talk about their research in regards to Biosocial Research and genomes in society.

The world around us can affect our health. Where we live, how we grow up and how stressful our lives are.

We also know that genes that are inherited from our parents can influence our health and lives, and in turn the environments in which we live can alter the way in which our genes operate.

Come and hear how our researchers are breaking new ground, working to answer fundamental questions about nurture and nature and to understand how different factors influence life chances.

We’re excited to welcome you to an evening of learning and discussion with Essex academics, Dr Cara Booker and Professor Leo Schalkwyk.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session where you can explore the subjects further with our academics, chaired by Emily Grundy, Director of ISER.

Wave 9 data from Understanding Society released

New data from our long-running UK household longitudinal study, includes new questions on the 2017 General Election, on pension drawdown, reasons for giving up smoking, lonelines and a child-specific module on parental help with homework and tutoring

Winter School ‘Using EUROMOD in cross-country microsimulation’

The aim of the course is to provide academics, policy practitioners and other interested users with an introduction to the concepts, structure and functioning of EUROMOD. EUROMOD is a state-of-the-art tax-benefit microsimulation model linking micro-data from household surveys and policy legislation in a single user interface. It allows for complex policy impact analysis, such as evaluations of policy reforms in terms of poverty, inequality, work incentives and government budgets, assessments of EU-wide policies or estimation of the impact of changing population characteristics on the redistributive effect of existing policies. EUROMOD covers all 28 EU Member States.

Using neighbourhood data in Understanding Society

Course to introduce early career and postgraduate researchers to research questions around “neighbourhoods” that can be addressed using Understanding Society and equip them with the basic tools that are involved in answering them. (Venue: University of Essex Colchester campus).

Stakeholders Event: Supporting Vulnerable Migrants

The Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) and MiSoC’s annual stakeholders to facilitate the exchange of ideas, practices and challenges while discussing the implications of Brexit for vulnerable EU-migrants.

Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata

Understanding Society collects information about individuals and the households in which they live repeatedly at one year intervals. It includes new and innovative features to allow research across different social science disciplines. To achieve the main goals of this multipurpose survey Understanding Society has a complex sample design and consequently a complex data structure. Thus, analysing the data requires a good understanding of the general structure of the survey, the sample design and the data.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.

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